Team News: Raheem Sterling starts for Liverpool

Team News: Sterling starts for Liverpool
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Raheem Sterling returns to Liverpool's starting XI for their Champions League opener against Ludogorets Razgrad.

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has returned to the team's starting lineup for their Champions League opener against Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield.

The England international was named on the bench for Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa, though he came on during the second half as the Reds tried to turn the game around.

Sterling's inclusion represents the only change for the Reds, with summer signing Lazar Markovic currently suspended from European competition.

Adam Lallana and Mario Balotelli both keep their places in the side, while Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert are among the substitutes.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho; Gerrard, Henderson; Coutinho, Sterling, Lallana; Balotelli
Subs: Jones, Enrique, Toure, Lucas, Suso, Borini, Lambert

Ludogorets: Borjan; Alek, Minev, Moti, Junior Caicara; Anicet Abel, Dyakov, Marcelinho, Aleksan; Bezjak, Misidjan

You can follow Sports Mole's live text coverage of tonight's match here.

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